locust bean gum

Outstanding Texturizing Properties

  • Texture enhancer
  • Clean label solutions
  • Large array of applications

With the new acquisition of UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG, Nexira consolidates its leadership in the fast-growing market segments of plant-based alternatives, dairy alternatives, and meat substitutes. Swiss-based UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG produces natural ingredients for the food industry. The company is an expert and world leader in the production of locust bean gum (LBG), used for its thickening, stabilizing properties.

Description

Locust bean (carob) trees (Ceratonia siliqua L.) grow wild in the Mediterranean region. The trees have ecological benefits; they aid soil and water conservation efforts.

Their fruits, the locust bean pods, are collected and threshed on the spot. The threshing process separates the carob seeds from the pods. UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG obtains the seeds directly from the countries of origin and converts them to locust bean gum using a gentle process: removal of the hull, separation of the germ from the endosperm, milling, sifting, and standardization. Locust bean gum is composed of galactomannan polysaccharides.

In ancient Egyptian times, locust bean gum (sometimes known as “the Egyptian fig”) was actually a key body mummification ingredient.1 Today, LBG is widely used by the food industry for its outstanding texturizing properties.

Used alone, its thickening properties make it a highly effective viscosity adjuster. In combination with other hydrocolloids, it also becomes an emulsion stabilizer.

For example, LBG allows the creation of jellified versions of fruit purees and enhances the texture of a multitude of applications such as ice cream, in which it can prevent crystallization. It is commonly used as a spreadability and creaminess enhancer in cheese products. LBG also brings smooth and creamy texture to dairy products and plant-based alternatives and help mouthfeel improvement to beverages.   

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[1] https://www.parisgourmet.com/blog/bid/324660/Locust-Bean-Gum-Ancient-History-Meets-Modern-Gastronomy 
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